Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours ($40) is our baking reference of choice. Not only does it include tried-and-true recipes for virtually every classic sweet you could want, but it also includes plenty of unexpected delights like parmesan sablés and dimply plum cake. Moreover, Dorie is one of the best recipe writers we know. This is a joy to read, thanks to the conversational style; her instructions are easy to follow and the results are consistently superlative.
Baking: From My Home to Yours